My son keeps stealing

Chrystal - posted on 04/30/2017 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hello my son is 10 years old and has ASD . He keeps stealing from people and from stores. I have to check his pockets consistently and just recently while on vacation he stole 350$ from my brother in laws wallet . I made him return it and say sorry but when I talk to him about it he doesn't grasp the severity of his actions . Any advice

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Leslie - posted on 05/02/2017

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Oh wow! This is a tough one - does he react if someone takes something that belongs to him (a toy, his pencil/pen or something at school, etc.)?? It sounds like the theory of mind idea is at work here where he just has no idea how it makes other people feel and why it is wrong. It sounds like tough love but can you possibly set up a tour of your local jail - or even the local police station probably has a holding cell which might scare him enough to stop????

I'd see if the school has a Behavior Therapist who can work with him also.
Good luck!

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